Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions (Treasures of the World’s Religions)

Why and how should one pray? Pray Without Ceasing is an attempt at answering this question in the most essential and direct way. The treasury of spiritual texts that have been collected in this volume is focused on the way of the invocation of divine Names, or sacred formulae.

The anthology is comprised of three parts. The first part includes excerpts from major classics of spirituality that introduce the foundations of the way of the invocation in various traditions. With these texts, the reader is provided with an entry into some of the most celebrated sacred sources that have quenched the spiritual thirst of generations of faithful. A second part consists of doctrinal essays by contemporary scholars who have been expositors of the principles of the way of the invocation. It is hoped that this series of texts will help elucidate in a contemporary conceptual idiom all that may have remained obscure elliptical or implicit in foundational classics. In conclusion, the final section of this volume is focused on contemporary testimonies by spiritual and literary figures from various traditions who have taught advocated, or simply illustrated the path of the invocation. In giving the final word to these voices of sages and saintly or literary figures the editor wishes to provide the reader with an opportunity to taste the spiritual flavor and inspiration of the invocatory path while suggesting the relevance actuality and accessibility of this way in the modern world.